Young people block roads, railroad link between Djibouti and Addis Ababa – official

File Photo: President Mustafa Muhmed Omel of the Somali region attends an interview with Reuters on January 14, 2020 in Jijiga, Ethiopia. Photo taken on January 14, 2020.Reuters / Julia Paravicini / File Photo

July 28, 2021

Julia Paravicini and Maggie Fick

Nairobi (Reuters)-The Somali region of Ethiopia angered a deadly militia attack on the important road and rail trade arteries connecting the landlocked capital Addis Ababa and the port of Jibuchi on Wednesday. He said he was blocked by a young man.

According to a 2018 survey by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, about 95% of the domestic imports of about 110 million people are transported through the corridor.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the reported blockage. The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office and authorities in Djibouti were not immediately asked for comment.

President Mustafa Muhmed Omer of the Somali region said roads and railroads were blocked by local youth protesting Saturday’s attack.

His government said on Tuesday that militias from nearby areas of Afar attacked and plundered the town. This is the latest rekindling of regional border conflicts that raise tensions in the Horn of Africa.

In Addis Ababa, the impact of reported transport corridor blockages on fuel and other essentials inventories was not immediately apparent. Long lines at gas stations are common during normal times.

“Today we are working on the opening of railways and roads in Djibouti,” President Mustafa of the Somali region told Reuters. “Talk with young people and people,” he added.

After Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018 and eased the iron grip of the ruling coalition, the country was violent as regions and ethnic groups struggled for more power and resources and tried to resolve old scores. I started to experience a surge.

Abbey’s government has struggled to contain combat along many disputed border areas between ethnic groups, including the fault line where the attack on Saturday occurred.

However, the most deadly violence originated from the Tigray region. In November, a war broke out between the central government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that controls Tigray.

Last week it spread to neighboring areas of northern Ethiopia, risking further destabilization of the country.

TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda told Reuters Wednesday that the fighter was near Debark, about 102 km (63 miles) north of Gondar, one of Amhara’s largest cities. He also said that Tigrinya fighters dominated the town of workshops in the Amharic region.

Reuters could not independently verify his remarks.

A resident of Devark, a university town that acts as a gateway for hikers entering the famous Simien Mountains National Park, told Reuters: I’m calm. Defense and federal police are in town. “

A resident of the workshop, who spoke from Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara province, said when he fled the town on Monday, “it was under the control of the TPLF,” and was able to talk to a friend who left on Tuesday, with the Tigrinya army. I confirmed that I was still there. In a workshop where the mobile network is still down.

Gizachew Muluneh, a spokesman for the Amhara local government, did not call for comment.

Abyss, Ethiopian troops, and a spokesperson for the Tigray government task force also did not call for comment.

(Report by Giulia Paravicini in Olbia, Italy and Maggie Fick in Nairobi Additional report by Dawit Endeshaw in Addis Ababa Written by Maggie Fick, edited by William Maclean)

Young people block roads, railroad link between Djibouti and Addis Ababa – official

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